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by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 25, 2013

Serge Ibaka said Friday that he will not participate in this year's slam dunk contests at All-Star Weekend in Houston.

“No. I don't think so,” Ibaka said. “My focus right now is about team and trying to get back to the Finals. So right now my focus is on my team.”

Ibaka was a participant two years ago in Los Angeles but finished third in the contest won by Blake Griffin.

Ibaka garnered a bit of buzz for possibly being a member of the All-Star team. But coaches did not vote Ibaka in as a reserve, which prompted the big man to post the word “motivation” to this Twitter account shortly after the televised announcement.

“Both my teammates and James (Harden), we started together,” Ibaka explained. “It's just about work, nothing All-Star. I know those guys, they work hard like I do, and they deserve it. It kind of gave me motivation.”


In Wednesday's game at Golden State, Brooks surprisingly played rookie forward Perry Jones III late in the first quarter and early in the second period. Two days later, Brooks explained that his decision was partly because the Warriors were playing small, partly because it was the second night of a back-to-back and partly because he simply wanted to “give him a look.”

Jones grabbed one rebound in three minutes, but was a plus-five during his time.

“I thought the three or four minutes (he played) he gave us good minutes,” Brooks said. “It's also deserved. He's been working hard. There's not a lot of minutes to be had, but I wanted to keep him in the mix and keep him ready and keep him sharp and keep him focused on their might be a time that we need him. I thought he did a good job the last two games that I put him in.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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